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March 5th - 11th, 2017

Regional Updates

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“One of the bills that we discussed was the Small Business Tax Deferred Savings Account Legislation that I took over as sponsor from former State Senator Jack Martins.  This bill … would create a savings account for those difficult times.  We’ve seen in recent years the upturns and downturns of the economy.  This would allow you to put money aside, tax deferred, for those difficult times for your small business.  It’s passed the Senate the last two years in a row, I’m expecting it to pass again in the next month.  We’ve got to give a boost to get it past the Assembly, so give a call to your local Assembly people, Republican or Democrat, make sure they get on board.  It’s a common sense piece of legislation.” – NYS Senator Phil Boyle speaking on the Tax Deferred Savings Account

“The Town is scheduled to host an informational meeting the last week of March followed by a zone change public hearing April 27th with a decision possibly by the end of May." - Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter speaking on the timeline for consideration of the Heartland Project.

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Long Island Chamber Leaders Tackle Issues for Small Business

Nearly 150 small business leaders from local chambers assembled to hear about economic development efforts in Albany, County initiatives to help local businesses and preserve bus service and solutions to address mandate relief. The LI Business Council, Nassau Council of Chambers, Suffolk Alliance of Chambers and Vision Long Island jointly hosted the first of its kind meeting.

Newly appointed Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino publically embraced the revitalization process in downtown Hicksville that has been moving forward with the coordination of Oyster Bay staff, the Hicksville Chamber and local civic associations.  as well as working to bring revitalization to the Town though Transit Oriented Development.  Supervisor Saladino spoke on how he was working to clean up toxic plume in the town and also covered initiatives in the building department to go with his new Commissioner, including same-day permitting, which is a big shift from previous policy.  He then closed his update by noting that the town was moving forward with ethics reform and an independent ethics board governed by residents.

NYS Senator Phil Boyle, Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business, spoke about reforms to NYS economic development funding bringing more local input into the decision making process of grants and project selection. He also committed to advancing the Small Business Savings Accounts legislation that has passed the Senate over the last two years with the prospect of Assembly support this year.  “One of the bills that we discussed was the Small Business Tax Deferred Savings Account Legislation that I took over as sponsor from former State Senator Jack Martins," he said. "This bill … would create a savings account for those difficult times.  We’ve seen in recent years the upturns and downturns of the economy.  This would allow you to put money aside, tax deferred, for those difficult times for your small business.  It’s passed the Senate the last two years in a row, I’m expecting it to pass again in the next month.  We’ve got to give a boost to get it past the Assembly, so give a call to your local Assembly people, Republican or Democrat, make sure they get on board.  It’s a common sense piece of legislation.”

He also addressed the current budget and the process for securing economic development funding for Long Island communities.  “We need to have input that really counts.  We’re looking to the regional councils and input from the state legislature," said Senator Boyle. "To have an equal number of representatives on the council from the local legislators who know the area the best.  And when they vote, we’re talking about a 50/50 split.  The governor’s going to have 50% of the say and the legislators and local folks will have 50% of the say.  That’s the way it should be.”

Also at the meeting Nassau Deputy Presiding Officer Richard Nicollelo and Legislator Laura Curran stood together in a bipartisan display of support for additional funding with specific actions to keep Nassau buses running despite looming cuts.  Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran spoke on the current situation with NICE bus and the funding shortfall from the legislature.  She noted that there were several possible solutions to the problem, including various pots of funding that were possible to make up the $6.8 million cut in subsidy to the bus service.  Curran noted there are leftover pots of funding from previous bus grants that had yet to be used as well as a rainy day fund with over $30 million currently sitting in it.  She also noted that what is really necessary is a dedicated revenue stream with possibilities including a fee to use ride share programs and a portion of the MTA payroll tax dedicated to the buses.  Republican Deputy Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello also spoke on the busses, echoing the need for funding and a dedicated revenue stream.  He noted that the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority was still required to sign off on any decisions but they would work on this issue in a bipartisan fashion.

Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory updated the group about his Next Generation Committee to keep young people on Long Island and his study on the feasibility of a dragstrip in Suffolk County.

Former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy spoke clearly about crushing mandates to local taxpayers with remedys such as pension reform, striking the triborough amendment and other laws that cripple local governments.  He talked about the cost of mandatory arbitration as the system in its current form is causing pensions to dry up and hurts future workers.  His group the Center for Cost Effective Government has developed legislation sponsored by NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick to address some of these issues. 

Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy spoke to the room about his office’s efforts to revamp how they work with local business.  He noted that they have been moving away from processing paper vouchers, of which they would see over 225,000 per week, to integrate electronic transfers instead.  These efforts will help to speed up how business interacts with his office as well as bring the County into compliance with state law.  He also noted that Suffolk County is working harder than ever to track fraud, with the introduction of a hotline last year that will allow anonymous tips.  Through this system they were able to initiate 8 audits following fraud investigations into local perpetrators.  He also spoke on the need to reform internet sales tax to help local business and noted that hotel/motel revenue needs to be dedicated to tourism in order to keep visitors and funds flowing into the island.

Suffolk Chamber’s Co-Chair Gina Coletti announced downtown revitalization grant programs and Nassau Chamber’s President Francesca Carlow delivered an impassioned plea to shop locally and avoid internet purchases. Luiz Vazquez of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  talked briefly about his organization's current efforts and welcomed a partnership with the LI Business Council and the varying local chambers.  Local Villages officials from Farmingdale, Babylon and Freeport joined the meeting seeking solutions and partnerships to grow their downtown business districts.

The LIBC, Suffolk Chambers, Nassau Chambers, Vision Long Island will join the 90 member LI Lobby Coalition will include over 20 chambers of commerce and follow up on many of these items at their annual Lobby Day in Albany in two weeks.

Special thanks to LIBC Co-Chairs Bob Fonti and Rich Bivone for convening this important forum. Thanks as well to Michael Harrison for his assistance preparing us for LI Lobby Day.

You can read more on this subject here.

Nassau Communities Release LIRR Third Track Study

Four separate Nassau communities have released a commissioned study to review the previously released LIRR plan to add a third track between Floral Park and Hicksville.

Officials in Floral Park, Garden City, New Hyde Park, and Town of Hempstead hired a Beveridge and Diamond, a Manhattan law firm and Vertex Companies, a Boston engineering firm, to review the MTA’s released plan for a third track.  The review of the plan is heavily critical of the Draft Environmental Impact Study, or DEIS.

The expansion calls for $2 billion to add a 9.8-mile track that is hoped will provide a boost to capacity to help overcome service disruptions in addition to extra service.  However, the affected communities have been extremely leery of the plan and impact to their region.  New Hyde Park Mayor Bob Lofaro said that he and other officials he’s spoken to could not make sense of the MTA’s study, which resulted in the hiring of the firms.  Lofaro and other mayors have asked the MTA to address the issues brought up in the review.

“The DEIS exposes a hasty rush to complete the environmental review process at all costs,” Vertex officials wrote. “What the public is left with remains vague and largely conceptual in nature.”

MTA officials pushed back by noting that third-track plans have had ample community input and that the plans have improved as a direct result of that. “This project is a long-overdue and rare opportunity to realize so many improvements to the LIRR and local communities,” according to MTA spokesman Shams Tarek.

The plan has met with some resistance at public meetings and faces significant resistance due to the possibility of road closures and construction noises.  Many residents feel that the negative effects of construction would outweigh any benefits to the third track.

You can read more on this story here.

Islip Supervisor Carpenter Delivers State of the Town Address

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter addressed local officials and members of the public this week during the annual State of the Town address. Supervisor Carpenter used the speech, “Building a Better Islip…For All,” to review progress that the Town has made in multiple areas of governance, while also laying out a vision for the future of Islip Town. The supervisor stressed the importance of teamwork and inclusiveness, and a willingness to embrace challenges that will ultimately lead to prosperity for Islip residents.

The Supervisor mentioned that the Heartland project was finally moving forward after 13 years of efforts to bring the mixed use development to Islip. She spoke on the time frame, noting that final approval of the first stage could come before the summer months. “The Town is scheduled to host an informational meeting the last week of March followed by a zone change public hearing April 27th with a decision possibly by the end of May," she said.

“I invite all in the Islip community, our residents, businesses, community and civic leaders, to become active participants in planning and shaping the future of our town, as we work together to build a better, more efficient and effective government for all the people living and working in the Town of Islip,” said Supervisor Carpenter.

Mentioned was the Town’s strong financial position, noting the Aaa rating from Moody’s, and stressed that now is the time to invest in critical infrastructure improvements in the Town. “Some improvements are very long overdue,” said Carpenter. “For too many years our infrastructure was neglected, kicking the preverbal can down the road”. Such projects would help residents and businesses alike, and save taxpayer dollars in the long-term. Infrastructure improvements would also create economic opportunities for local businesses and provide additional streams of revenue for the Town.

Atop the list of improvements to Town facilities is the revitalization of Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. Supervisor Carpenter’s administration has overseen the removal of all contaminated material, and has started restoring the park so that it may once again be the cornerstone of the Brentwood community. The Town, with the assistance of a $2 million grant secured by NYS Assemblyman Phil Ramos, plans to enhance the features of the park to include a Spray Park, and create a space for local families that rivals any local park in Suffolk County.

Supervisor Carpenter’s administration has also been alleviating troubling developments in residential neighborhoods. The Town’s Division of Code Enforcement has overseen the demolition of many blighted properties that not only de-value surrounding properties, but pose a direct threat to public safety. The Town plans to increase enforcement procedures against these derelict parcels, all at the expense of the neglectful property owners.

The final portion of the speech focused on harnessing the Town’s existing resources to create economic opportunity for Islip residents. To that end, Supervisor Carpenter’s administration will continue to promote and support Islip MacArthur Airport, which recently received the news that the Governor was putting $20 million in the budget to address connectivity between the LIRR and the airport terminal. Supervisor Carpenter also highlighted the work of the Islip Industrial Development Agency, which has enabled companies to retain and create close to 5,000 thousand jobs locally. The number of active projects handled at Islip’s IDA over the past two years has surpassed any previous two-year period in its 42-year history.

“We remain steadfast in our belief that Islip Town is one of the best places in the state to live, work, and raise a family,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “I promise our residents that with every hour, we will work to make Town government more responsive to the needs of our residents, and to create a better future for Islip’s families.”

You can view the entire address on Youtube  

Supervisor Russell Delivers Southold State of the Town Address

Last week Supervisor Scott Russell delivered his annual State of the Town Address and called for an increase in affordable housing as one of the main issues the town is facing.

In 2016 Supervisor Russell proposed changing the town code to allow for a density of 12 affordable housing units per acre of property.  Current code only allows for 6 per acre.  The Supervisor cited developer interest as a driver coupled with the wishes of younger people in the community who were getting pushed out due to higher prices and a lack of affordable housing.

“They can’t afford to stay here,” Russell said of young people. “If we don’t do something, we’ll be using a lot of volunteers and a lot of knowledge. We’ll be losing our workforce, the people who come to fix the oil burner when it breaks, the people who work at the hospital, the people who volunteer for the fire department.”

Additionally, Mr. Russell has proposed to allow apartments as a principle use in the town’s business zone, which he’s hoping can be adopted in 2017 after a public hearing.  The apartments would be the subject of a special exception with up to 6 allowed depending on the parcel size and bulk schedule.

The Supervisor was also careful to note that the affordable housing program would only be available to town residents, stating that 147 people are already on the list and all are current residents. “There’s really a myth about what we’re trying to do,” Russell said.

The address also touched on advancements in environmental matters for the town.  In 2016 there was a publicly approved plan to extend the Community Preservation Fund, allowing up to 20% of it to be used to improve water quality.  The plan goes hand in hand with the recently unveiled water conservation committee, which focuses on education and reduction of water use.  This plan will also allow the town to borrow against future revenue so that it can buy property that it might otherwise be priced out of later.  The town is also currently in the process of a CPF management and stewardship plan.

Southold also has continued to collaborate with Suffolk County to approve and expand sanitary systems while working to create a permanent plan for future upgrades.  Simultaneously, the town has recently completed a town-wide sanitary survey and inventory of current systems in order to develop an action plan for alternative systems.

Russell also briefly mentioned recently passed legislation that has halted the sale of Plum Island, helping to preserve the island in pristine condition for the upcoming years.

The address also covered numerous other issues including the town’s fiscal situation, recreation department and public safety hires, new justice initiatives for youths, human resource changes, agricultural updates, capital projects, and community relations.
You can read more on the Town address here and here.  You can also view the entire speech here.

Northport Residents, Businesses Support Rooftop Dining

Nearly 100 local residents, merchants and property owners in opposition to the Village of Northport's proposal to ban rooftop dining on Main Street.

Rooftop dining has seen success on Long Island in Bayville and Port Jefferson while other downtowns have proposals coming forward. This type of use is seen as an amenity not a burden.

However, there are existing parking issues in the Village surrounding the local theatre, the summer sprawling farmers market and many special events. A good suggestion was made by one of the local merchants to create some 30 minute parking spots well situated to the retailers.

Even with those issues, it was the consensus of the attendees that the Village should not ban rooftop dining but work with the local businesses to regulate and provide appropriate covenants and restrictions to limit any potential impact. 28 speakers were opposed to the ban and 2 in favor with 3 residents agnostic but with questions.

The proposed Village-wide ban was perceived by many to be in direct opposition to the proposal by Skippers restaurant that has been locally operated for 40 years and is seeking 65 spots on their roof. They would remove close to 50 spots from sidewalk dining and their interior to receive the amenity. The Village denied the application without negotiation and it is currently under Article 78 proceedings.

Skipper’s owners Paul and Marie Gallowitsch have spent the last year and a half trying to expand their restaurant to include rooftop dining.  The $400,000 addition was turned down by the Northport Zoning Board of Appeals without negotiations, in what the couple has argued was an arbitrary decision.  The owners have offered to give up their sidewalk seating and avoid outdoor seating along with other concessions, but have been rebuffed in all efforts.  The process led to a lawsuit being filed in early 2016, but the resolution, if passed, would essentially head that off before it went to court.

“We were willing to be flexible with our project, but we didn’t even get the opportunity,” Marie Gallowitsch said. “Now they want to change the law, so we don’t get our day in court, either.”

Supporter of the expansion note that such a move would help to bring in new customers to local businesses as well as Skipper’s.  The restaurant also serves as a unique example for rooftop expansion due to its location and flat roof, making it the only practical candidate.  The Gallowitsch’s have already spent $40,000 in legal fees on what they consider an investment to help them stay open during the slower times of the year.

“Northport businesses have to make it in the summer because in wintertime business comes to a standstill,” Paul Gallowitsch said. “We considered closing down for several months.”

The Village Mayor George Doll and Trustees tabled the proposal until their March 21st meeting.

You can read more on this story here and here.

Local Residents Feel the Pain of NICE Bus Cuts

For Amy and Jerrold Lubliner, uncertainty looms for the future.

Last month the Nassau County Bus Transit Committee voted to cut several lines due to a $6.8 million cut to funding from the County.  Nassau recently voted to meet the minimum $2.5 million subsidy, down from $9.3 million, to qualify for state transit aid from the New York State Operating Assistance.  This cut back has led to the current situation where severe cuts and limitations are being imposed on existing lines.

“We should be, and could be, and would be putting more service on the street to serve our customers if we could,” said Michael Setzer, CEO of NICE bus. “But we’re stuck with the revenues available to the county.”

For the Lubliners, however, those sentiments will not help an increasingly difficult situation for residents who are losing vital service lines.  The N36 has been their primary form of transportation for the past 18 years that they’ve lived in a small apartment on Atlantic Avenue.  That line is currently slated to be eliminated thanks to the funding shortfall, and will leave the longtime residents, who cannot drive, without independent transportation options.  Amy suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy, and uses a walker while Jerrold has learning disabilities, leg issues and diabetes.

The N36 has long been the only bus line to serve East Rockaway and a vital link to the greater island for those with limited mobility.  According to long time rider Tommy Warner, who takes the bus to his job at Pam Narrow Fabrics in Freeport, the bus was a constant target for cuts in spite of the 10 to 20 riders who used it during rush hour on a regular basis. “I’ve been riding this bus for 14 of the last 20 years,” he said, “but every two or three years Nassau County cuts the funding, and the 36 is always on the chopping block.”

Another affected rider, Kathleen McHale of East Rockaway, noted that alternatives rise significantly in time and cost.  McHale, an octogenarian who works part time as an adjunct professor at Nassau Community College, would take the N36 to Garden City and transfer to the N43 for about an hour long commute for $1.35.  Without the service she would instead have to pay more than 10 times as much for a cab, walk to Lynbrook or Oceanside to take a bus from there (and triple her commute time), or rely on friends and family to drive her around.

“What would be the point of working if half of my paycheck goes to taxis?” said McHale. “And you can’t always depend on people for that kind of thing.”

These are just a few of the residents who will be affected by the upcoming cuts.  Riders are currently planning to hold a rally this Saturday to save the N36 line at the Lynbrook LIRR station.  For more information, email Dan Caracciolo, here, or visit the Facebook page here.

You can read more on this here.

Sewer Expansion Ronkonkoma Hub Approved by Suffolk County

The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved the long-awaited and necessary sewer expansion project for the Ronkonkoma Hub this week, allowing the $26.4 million project to move ahead after about a year of delays.

About a dozen civic, business, and labor leaders spoke at the public portion of the meeting in favor of the sewering, which will allow the $650 million Ronkonkoma Hub project to move ahead. The 1,450-unit transit-oriented development will redevelop 50 acres around the Ronkonkoma LIRR station, with the sewer expansion serving not only the Ronkonkoma Hub, but also Long Island MacArthur airport and its surrounding commercial industrial area. “This is not just a connection for the Ronkonkoma Hub, but a regionally important project that will allow for the long overdue connection of MacArthur airport and the surrounding area,” Peter Scully, deputy county executive for administration, said via email to Long Island Business News. “This is a major regional improvement and a top priority for the Town of Islip and the MacArthur Business Alliance.”

Tritec, the master developer for the Ronkonkoma Hub, will be paying almost $20 million in connection fees and contributions towards the expansion, with a $4 million state grant also helping to make the expansion project move ahead. Connection fees from the industrial area nearby are expected to bring $24 million profit for the sewer district. The resolution had been amended after there were concerns that Southwest Sewer District residents outside of the expansion area would be paying for the project. Upgrades to increase capacity in the sewer district cost $70 million to sewer district ratepayers in order to increase capacity 10 million gallons per day. The area that will be expanded will use approximately 1.5 million gallons per day, well under capacity.

Since the sewering is now approved, construction on the first phase of the Ronkonkoma Hub is projected to begin this summer, with six buildings that will hold 489 rental apartments. The second phase will have 65,000 square feet of retail stores, 60,000 square feet of office space, and other 260 rental apartments and three parking garages that will add 650 parking spaces.

You can read more about the long-awaited sewer expansion in Newsday and Long Island Business News

Sign the Petition to Make Route 25a Safer for Pedestrians

New York State Senator Ken LaValle has set up an online petition calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately commence a complete pedestrian/bicycle safety study of the Route 25A corridor.

Last week, the Miller Place community was devastated by the death of Nicolo Signore due to an accident at the intersection of Route 25A and Miller Place Road.  Nicolo, a teenage student in Miller Place Schools, was the second death at the intersection during the past last year and a half at that intersection.   In addition, there have been numerous automobile accidents and close calls at that location.

The petition requests that a Route 25A corridor study be started and expedited, and that a current DOT study of that intersection that is underway is completed as soon as possible, and that corrective actions identified commence.

You can view the petition and sign it by clicking here

The 2017 Complete Streets Summit

Please join us for the 2017 Complete Streets Summit on Thursday, March 30th, from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM at The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, located at 7180 Republic Airport in Farmingdale.

This event consists of a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic. The group looks to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on finding opportunities for local projects, and act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.

Past Complete Streets Summits, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, have been gatherings of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles. The Summit was a chance to remind participants of the campaign’s significance.

Online registration is available here. You can also register by contacting Vision Long Island at 631-261-0242 or

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to Hold “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil

Please join the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at their “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on April 4th, 2017 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM, in the Multi-Purpose Room in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College.  The participation of every person who cares will make a difference.  Let us show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exist in our affluent society.  Please wear RED!

There will be free hair cuts, face painting, story time for children, balloon animals, a candlelighting ceremony, and more. Your group can also help by conducting drives to collect NEW baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods. You can check out the 2017 Vigil KIT that includes everything you need to conduct a successful drive here.  You can also join as a sponsor of this important event. Sponsorships include opportunities for Information Tables at the event, as well as company logo on all Vigil T-Shirts! A sponsorship brochure is available here.

You can contact Ksusha at 631-464-4314x123 or to answer any questions you might have.

Suffolk County Releases Guidelines for Downtown Revitalization Grant

The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning has released the new set of guidelines for Round 15 of their Downtown Revitalization Grant Program.  The grant will be made available for downtown and downtown-adjacent capital improvement projects.

Guidelines include:

  • Projects must be downtown or downtown-adjacent
  • Projects must be a capital improvement plan and funding must be at least $10,000
  • Applications must be submitted by a Chamber of Commerce or comparable organization, or a civic beautification organization in partnership with a municipality
  • Projects must be located on municipally owned property
  • Applicants must be partnered with a municipality in Suffolk County and include a government resolution
  • Projects must comply with SEQRA

You can review the guidelines in full as well as the scoring system here.  A sample resolution and the full Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Panel for 2017 is also available at the link.  Questions concerning applications and eligibility can be forwarded to Heidi Kowalchyk at 631-853-5925 or by e-mail at

Applications must be received by 4:30 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017 by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning.

Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available

NY-Sun is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.

Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for projects leading to:

  • The implementation and operation of solar installations for multifamily affordable housing buildings
  • Shared solar (community distributed generation) installations that will provide the benefits of solar to LMI households

Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses are not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.

Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-Sun will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the program webpage for more details and the application.

If you have questions about the solicitation, please email

DOE Solar in Your Community Challenge Grant

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is an 18-month, $5 million prize competition to support community-based solar programs and projects aimed at providing solar access to low and moderate income communities. The Challenge is aimed at supporting innovators across the U.S. to create scalable solutions that will bring solar to nonprofits, LMI households and local and tribal governments. Selected teams will be provided with seed funding as they complete milestones, receive technical assistance from an online marketplace of qualified experts, and compete to win final prizes from May 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018.

If you are interested in learning more about the Solar in Your Community Challenge and forming a team, please visit the program webpage. The application deadline is March 17, 2017. This program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and is administered by SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Help Wanted

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Seeking Part-Time Housing Coordinator

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Part-Time Housing Coordinator for our main office in Amityville.  This position requires a strong ability to understand policies and regulations; work with clients and systems to gather required documentation; manage record keeping and reporting duties; utilize Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Excel.  

 Local travel will be also required for this position.  Benefits include paid holidays.​

 The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless must conduct criminal background checks on candidates prior to offering employment for this position.​

Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email to Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.  Questions should be submitted via email only.

You can download the full job description here.

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

great neck
Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson
Tickets and more information available here




Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665


Suffolk Theater


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

Save the N36 Bus Rally to be Held this Saturday

Please join the11518 as they stand in solidarity with elected officials to call on Nassau County and NICE to restore the n36 along with the recent bus cuts across Nassau County. This is the only mode of public transportation in East Rockaway! The event will be held on Saturday, March 11th at 12 pm.

The following elected officials will be joining the rally: NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky, NYS Assemblyman Brian Curran, Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran, Nassau County Legislator William Gaylor, and officials from the Village of East Rockaway, the Village of Lynbrook, and the Village of Freeport. Vision Long Island will join in support as well.

The n36 runs from Lynbrook, to East Rockaway, Oceanside, Baldwin and Freeport. It is the ONLY bus route in East Rockaway and connects the community to other bus transfers. A lot of residents use this route for work, school, doctor's appointments, and even leisure. With a lot of communities focusing on downtown revitalization, restaurant districts, and ways to a good urban planning concept, there is a need to have reliable access to all modes of public transportation, and this includes buses.

You can go to event's Facebook page here.

Smart Talk

Chris Kyle, Communications Director

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Elissa Kyle, Planning Director; Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator

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